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Is it worth hiring a personal trainer?

You’ve probably asked yourself this question before, with multiple things telling you that it’s not worth hiring a personal trainer. You may be right in some circumstances, but wrong in others. Let’s delve into why hiring a personal trainer could be right for you. Firstly, I may be biased in my approach, but I do mostly see the side of things where clients achieve results. I’ll do my best to keep it critical. 



Cost


I guess the first thing to address is the most obvious reason why people don’t hire personal trainers; the cost. If personal training at your local gym was free, would you do it? Most people would, because why not? You would (in most cases) get expert advice, nutritional guidance, a programme built for your individual needs, someone to be accountable to and a faster route to your goals. All for free, wouldn’t that be great?


However, personal training does come at a cost and with PT’s charging by the hour, it can rack up to be a fair investment. But, that’s exactly what you’re doing; investing. By hiring a trainer, you’re investing in yourself, investing in your goals and confirming that you’re serious about the change you want to make.


As with any investment, there needs to be an element of trust in the people involved. You wouldn’t invest in a company that pitches you a half-assed pitch, with a poor presentation and numbers that don’t quite add up. So, take that same approach with a trainer. Ask them about their experience, understand their background, look at previous client results and ensure they’re educated. If a trainer has invested time into themselves, you can be sure they’ll invest their time in you. If you want to find out more about my background, you can do so here. Is cost is a potential issue for you? Then why not consider a more affordable personal training approach such as online coaching instead? 

You can do it yourself right?


Another block in the road on your way to hiring a personal trainer, may be the fact that you can probably do it yourself right? With an abundance of information online, social media spewing out workouts and your local gym rats all sharing their insider tips; why hire a personal trainer? Well, if you’re reading this article, then the chances are you haven’t reached your goals. If you have, then excellent! Well done for you, pat yourself on the back. But, because you’ve reached your goals, does that make you qualified to give advice to others? Your goals and someone else goals may be similar, but the path laid in front of you may be very different.


See, the key thing to consider is that what works for one doesn’t necessarily work for another. Our genetics, physiologies, psychologies, personal lives and environment are all different. These all play a role in developing the best route for you to reach your goals. If I live in London and you live in Liverpool, we can both meet at the same place; but we’d take very different routes to get there.

Free information you come across online isn’t necessarily false; it just often lacks context as you don’t understand how (or if) that applies to you personally. Read some of my Articles and Training Tips and feel free to contact me with any questions.

Stereotypes


Ever seen a particular stereotype or interpretation of the personal trainer? Then you may have been put off from the get-go. Admittedly, there are many a meathead personal trainer in the world that will fit all the traditional stereotypes. However, personal training has evolved so much in recent years. With degree’s on offer in a multitude of fields, from biomechanics, physiology, exercise psychology and strength and conditioning; you may be surprised on the depth of understanding your trainer has.


Once again, you need to make sure you do your screening. As per the investment discussion earlier, you wouldn’t invest in something that you’re not confident will develop you a return. A personal trainer doesn’t have to be degree educated; it just makes them stand out a little bit more due the 3-year minimum that they’ve already put in. Personal training courses are highly accessible, so regulation in the industry is low and you can’t be certain someone has maintained or improved their knowledge.


Although a degree background is a good place to start, there are a vast number of other certifications that validate a trainer; including the UKSCA (UK Strength and Conditioning), ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) and NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine). This isn’t to bash those who don’t have these (and there are many others not mentioned) but think of your own industry and whether there are certain qualifications that certify your skillset among your peers. 


Time


The last point to touch on is time. You may feel like you just don’t have the time to commit to a personal trainer, which in some cases may be right. But, if you have time to go to the gym and workout on your own, then you definitely have time for a personal trainer. The excuse of not having the time to commit to a trainer, is often last on the list as it’s used to re-affirm your excuses to yourself. Excuses sound best to the person that’s making them up after all.


If you’re currently not doing any exercise at all, then creating space in your diary for exercise is the first step. Start with once a week, before doing twice and then three times a week. If you are new, I’d recommend just joining a gym, going for a run, going swimming or taking up an activity that you enjoy . Don’t worry too much about a personal trainer just yet, unless you have a specific goal in mind. If you are unsure on where the start, then why not consider programme design as an option to get started?


Sometimes having a personal trainer just might not be for you. That’s fine; you should never feel pressured into having a personal trainer. But, if any of the above applies to you and you’ve been considering the idea, then why not just give it a go? There’s a variety of options available from classic Personal Training (which is the most effective), Online Coaching (which is the most flexible and cost effective) and Programme Design (which is a great place to start if you’re new). 


Being hesitant is normal and it can be nerve racking to feel that you’re fully committing to something from the start. But, you’ll soon see the benefit of having a trainer and be surprised at the bond that you make with them. It’s a private space, everything is confidential,  and you will end up having someone to talk to just as much as you have someone to facilitate a positive lifestyle change. I offer affordable personal training in a private space, with no distractions other than the workout at hand. 

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